HC Deb 06 April 1949 vol 463 c2031
14. Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Postmaster-General how many persons were on the waiting list for a telephone in Morecambe on 31st March, 1946; and how many arc on the waiting list now.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

There were 605 outstanding applications for telephone service in Morecambe on 31st March, 1946, and 572 on 31st March, 1949. Over 900 new subscribers have been connected during this period.

Sir I. Fraser

When will the right hon. Gentleman catch up on this considerable waiting list?

Mr. Paling

Well, we are doing our best, but it is largely a question of manpower, and in some cases of capital equipment.

Sir W. Wakefield

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how long a potential subscriber has to wait before he is connected?

Mr. Paling

No, Sir.